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Medical Social Services

Home Health United social workers play a vital role in the patient-care team. After a patient is admitted to home health services, a medical social worker may:

  • conduct a thorough psychosocial assessment to help determine patient needs and identify any limitations, barriers, or safety issues that might impede recovery
  • educate patients and families regarding community resources and support
  • assist with long range planning including advance directives, and overall care options.

Their services may include:

  • Education regarding alternative living arrangements
  • Case management
  • Advance directives (Power of Attorney for Health Care or Living Will)
  • Community resource planning and coordination
  • Short-term therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Financial assessment
  • Counseling with life-style changes
  • Teaching regarding coping with loss and change
  • Grief counseling